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Russian investigators identify Ukrainian officer who ordered shelling of Donbass civilians

March 07, 9:54 UTC+3
Three people were killed as a result of the attack, including a child born in 2008
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MOSCOW, March 7./TASS/. The Russian Investigative Committee has identified commander of the Ukrainian unit involved in the shelling of Lugansk region settlements with the use of Tochka-U missile systems.

"One of the incidents that was fixed was when a Tochka-U had been used against the township of Rovenki in 2014," IC spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said on Tuesday.

The Investigative Committee has pinpointed the officer ordering a missile attack as commander of the 19th separate missile brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces, Colonel Fedor Yaroshevich. "Investigators believe that it was this individual who gave orders on August 22, 2014, to deliver a tactical missile strike on the township of Rovenki, as a result of which three people were killed, including a child born in 2008," the spokesperson said.

She said investigators had evidence of the use of Tochka-U tactical missile systems by Kiev’s troops against civilians of the eastern Lugansk region in 2014-2015.

Efforts are underway to finger others involved in such war crimes.

Criminal case over new shellings of Donetsk

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case over the new shellings of Donetsk by the Ukrainian military. According to the committee spokesperson, "today, a criminal case was launched under Article 356 of the Russian Criminal Code (the use of banned means and methods of warfare) based on the numerous cases of shelling of residential dwellings in the city of Donetsk between February 27 and March 2, 2017."

These attacks left two civilians wounded and damaged more than ten residential dwellings, Petrenko added.

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